An Extraordinary Cultural Journey to Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia

Overview

The beguiling lands of Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia offer a world of enchantment, with their traditional cultures, gorgeous scenery, elegant architecture, and mouth-watering cuisines. Our journey immerses you deeply in this stunning realm, beginning with a private baci (“welcoming”) ceremony with villagers, a scenic trip on the Mekong River, and a visit to a local silk-weaving community in Luang Prabang, Laos’ regal town of gilded temples. In Vietnam, we explore the vibrant streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter by bicycle rickshaw, overnight aboard a private junk in magical Halong Bay, watch fishermen bring their catch to market in the well-preserved 17th century trading port of Hoi An, and marvel at the natural caves and Buddhist sanctuaries near Hue. Our grand finale is at dazzling Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s surreal jungle-shrouded city of temples lost in time.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang was Laos’ ancient royal capital and is now a spectacular World Heritage Site set along the Mekong River. We stroll among 15th century pagodas, boat to the sacred Buddhist caves at Pak Ou, and visit Hmong and Khamu hilltribe villages and markets.

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Days 4-7
Hanoi, Vietnam / Halong Bay

In Vietnam’s charming capital, we visit the 11th century Confucian Temple of Literature, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the notorious “Hanoi Hilton” prison, now a museum, and explore the Old Quarter by bicycle rickshaw. To experience the spectacular natural beauty of Halong Bay, with its limestone islands set in a jade-green sea, we'll savor a peaceful overnight aboard our own private traditional junk.

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Days 8-11
Hoi An / Hue

Enchanting Hoi An was a bustling trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries and its rich heritage is still alive. We watch fishermen bringing their catch to market, sample delicious cao lau noodles (unique to Hoi An), and roam quiet lanes among historic merchant houses and art galleries. Heading south to Hue, we explore the royal tombs of the Nguyen emperors, take a “dragon boat” on the Perfume River, and visit with monks at the towering Thien Mu Pagoda.

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Days 12-16
Saigon / Temples of Angkor, Cambodia

After a day to see the sights in Saigon, we head to the sublime temples of Angkor. Covered with intricate bas-reliefs and scattered across a tropical landscape, they are a lasting monument to the glory of a bygone Khmer civilization. Amid some of the world’s architectural masterpieces, we explore majestic jungle-draped temples and structures with detailed carvings and colossal sculptured Buddha images. Depart on Day 16.

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Highlights

Highlights

Walk the atmospheric lanes of Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site
Discover Hanoi by bicycle rickshaw
Delight in the incredible beauty of Halong Bay aboard our private junk
Roam the immense temple city of Angkor Wat

Details

Length: 16 days
Cost From: $6095  
Arrive: Luang Prabang, Laos
Depart: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Lodging: 14 nights deluxe hotels, 1 night aboard private traditional junk
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 4 dinners
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours